Dar es Salaam and Not-so Rapid Transit

Dar es Salaam has built a new rapid bus transit system, but without an intelligent approach to pricing the buses will never run.

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Ethiopia: a magnet for investment in agriculture

Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency is leading a revolution in African Agriculture

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Clever Consultants Misunderstanding Africa…Again

An elite consulting firm, BCG, once again gets Africa wrong. The challenges multinationals face doing business in Africa are similar to those they face in any foreign environment.

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The Entrepreneurial State, or, You Didn’t Build That

President Obama received a lot of outraged criticism from the right during the 2012 campaign for his remark, “You didn’t build that.” What he meant, though he uncharacteristically said it in a fairly clumsy way, was that for every proudly self-made entrepreneur there is a huge web of supporting institutions and infrastructure built by the government.

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It’s Broke, Now Fix It: Patent Protection and Regulatory Capture in the Pharmaceutical Industry

For all its faults, the pharmaceutical industry remains one area in which the United States is still a competitive world leader. But without drastic changes in the way the FDA regulates the industry, this advantage may not last.

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Landing an Airbus in the Jungle

I can recall when taking a flight in Africa would almost always give you a funny or hair-raising story to tell, even though paved runways were already standard issue in airports throughout the continent, but traveling around Africa is now pretty boring, which is a good thing.

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New Frontiers: The Rush to Invest in Frontier Markets

If any event could illustrate the fragility of the BRICS conceit, it is the recent blackout in India, which left as many as 600 million people without power for up to two days. More than anything else, it reveals the sorry state of India’s governance.

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